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Highlight Reel: Ranking Every Wrestler Talk Show Segment

One of the staples of WWE programming has always been interview segments. People like “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Renee Young basically hold a microphone while wrestlers cut their promos on whatever issu

One of the staples of WWE programming has always been interview segments. People like “Mean” Gene Okerlund and Renee Young basically hold a microphone while wrestlers cut their promos on whatever issue they were dealing with at the time. In addition to individuals labeled as “backstage interviewers,” WWE programming has always featured interview segments hosted by wrestlers and managers. Many of the top stars in the sport have hosted interview segments. Some have been very good and some have been absolutely dreadful, but no matter how good or bad they were, WWE is willing to give wrestlers who can talk a platform for displaying their abilities.

Wrestler interview segments are not just about the conversation between two or more wrestlers. They are also about the scenery, the host’s ability, and the memorable events that have taken place on these shows. Wrestler turns, the beginnings of feuds, wrestler weddings, and other strange and unique events have taken place on some of these shows, and this is what makes some of these shows legendary. A number of wrestling personalities have hosted interview segments in WWE and in ranking them, all of these components have been taken into consideration.

- We haven't included Matt Striker's Classroom and The Abraham Washington Show, as they didn't last long and we didn't want to waste your time.

18 The V.I.P. Lounge

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MVP was being counted on to become one of the top stars in the company and his talk segment was going to be their opportunity to become a star on the level of Roddy Piper. The problem was that the show wasn't very good. The show was designed to put over MVP and it did that to an extent, but beyond that, there was nothing memorable about them.

The VIP Lounge was initially created to help MVP get out of a boxing match with Matt Hardy, though MVP was also recovering from a heart condition. The show didn't last very long and wrestling fansdidn't miss it after it ended. At least we though more of it than The Abraham Washington Show!

17 The Heartbreak Hotel

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The Heartbreak Hotel was created while Shawn Michaels was recovering from an injury back in 1994, as a way to keep him relevant with fans. It mostly took place of WWE Superstars and while it wasn't the best wrestling talk show of all-time (it is ranked 16th after all), it had a few memorable moments. The layout for the show is exactly what you would've expected from The Heartbreak Kid, as there was a massive heart-shaped couch in the middle, a neon sign that said The Heartbreak Hotel and a weird lamp that looked shaped like a woman's leg. He also made sure to have Diesel on hand, just in case something went wrong.

The best moment on The Heartbreak Hotel occurred when Bret Hart and The British Bulldog had a lengthy argument in the ring with Owen Hart and Bob Backlund, when they were feuding with each other, as Michaels was at his most annoying and it worked.

16 The Ambrose Asylum

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Dean Ambrose’s show was created during a feud with Chris Jericho. One of the tenets of the feud was an appearance by Ambrose on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel show. During an episode of Jericho’s show, Ambrose took over Jericho’s set and dubbed the show “The Ambrose Asylum.” The show was discontinued after the feud, but while Ambrose was preparing for his Shield-member, triple threat match for the WWE World Title, The Ambrose Asylum was resurrected as a forum for the three former Shield members to be in the ring together without any physical contact.

There have not been many episodes of the show, which accounts for its position on the list, but the show served a purpose in its short time of existence. If WWE were ever interested in bringing the show back, Ambrose has the talent to do great things in that forum and it would allow Ambrose to stretch his character as Piper did in his heyday.

15 The Flower Shop

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The Flower Shop, hosted by “Adorable” Adrian Adonis, was born due to Roddy Piper taking time off to film Body Slam. Adonis had changed his character from a tough New York wrestler who wore a leather jacket to a flamboyant man who wore bright colors and flowers in his hair. The Flower Shop was a fill-in show while Piper was away, but Adonis, along with his manager Jimmy Hart, were able to stir things up for the babyfaces.

The key edition of The Flower Shop was the one where Piper returned to reclaim his position as the host of the interview segment. This began a feud between the two hosts which culminated in a hair versus hair match, as Adonis had taken to cutting the hair of his defeated opponents. Piper won the match at WrestleMania III and Brutus Beefcake became a bab face and “The Barber” by cutting the hair of Adrian Adonis.

14 Carlito’s Cabana

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No show was more about getting the host over than Carlito’s Cabana. Carlito’s character was that of an obnoxious Caribbean wrestler who believed that he was “cooler” than everyone else and his talk show was a vehicle for him to display that belief. In every episode of the show, Carlito would play host to a babyface guest who engaged in a verbal confrontation with the host, only to see the guest have apple spit into his face from the host at the end of the segment.

Unfortunately, a show where the sole purpose is to promote the host and no one else is one that in the long run will not be very enjoyable and the Cabana suffered from this with every episode. Carlito had a long run in WWE, but the Cabana was not so fortunate.

13 The King’s Court

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When Jerry Lawler arrived in WWE, Vince McMahon saw him more as a mouth than as a wrestler since he was getting up there in age, even though he was one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the business despite his size. He began his WWE career in a verbal war with Bret Hart, insulting Bret’s parents and is still an analyst on WWE television today. In between, he hosted The King’s Court. The King’s Court came complete with a throne and other royal scenery, but beyond that, the show was more a showcase for Lawler than for his guests.

Unfortunately for Lawler, he never got guests that allowed him to shine. He was forced to try to be more entertaining than Tiny Tim or William Shatner or was forced to try to get a decent interview out of Giant Gonzalez. One of Jerry’s more challenging episodes was when he went mouth-to-mouth with Roddy Piper, the innovator of this type of segment. The exchange led to a PPV match, but The King’s Court could have been the next Piper’s Pit if truly given a chance.

12 The Body Shop

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Because Jesse Ventura’s gimmick was about having the best physique in wrestling, when he was forced to stop wrestling, he became a commentator and was given his own interview segment called The Body Shop. Jesse’s set featured gym equipment and Jesse and his guest sat on weight benches while they spoke to each other. Jesse was on his way to becoming one of the best commentators in the history of the business and he was able to hone his interview skills on his show.

Despite being a heel, Jesse was more objective as an interviewer than his counterparts, Adonis and Piper. Jesse taunted the faces, but he became a polished interviewer. Unlike The Pit and, because of it, The Body Shop did not last very long, but it served its purpose for the time being. It will always be remembered for the segment with The Junkyard Dog and The Haiti Kid.

11 The Peep Show

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After Edge and Christian split, and each man went out on their own, it was a few years before Christian was a featured performer in WWE. Once Christian had worked his way to the top of the card, during his run as an obnoxious villain who believed that he was a fan favorite, Christian was given his own talk show. The Peep Show was created due to Christian referring to his fans as his “peeps.” The beauty of the show was in the fact that Christian played his part as if he was a fan favorite, even though he was truly the obnoxious heel that the fans despised.

Shortly after the debut of the show, Christian would leave WWE for TNA, but soon after his return, The Peep Show returned with him. Whether he was a heel or a face, Christian was just snarky enough to be perfect for the role of host of an interview segment.

10 The Cutting Edge

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The Cutting Edge talk show was created to allow Edge to stay on television while he recovered from an injury. Though, after Edge and Christian split up, Edge was pushed further and faster than his partner, having a talk show was one thing that Christian did before Edge, as Christian’s show debuted before Edge’s. Luckily, Christian’s show was on SmackDown while Edge’s show was on Raw, so the two never competed for airtime for their shows.

The Cutting Edge was memorable for Edge, after the show’s debut, for making fun of Ric Flair following Flair’s real-life arrest for road rage. Each week, Edge would berate Flair until Flair confronted Edge on a segment of the show. The verbal battle would culminate in a match between the two on the same night that Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena and won his first WWE World Heavyweight Title.

9 The Barber Shop

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Brutus Beefcake became “The Barber” when Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a hair versus hair match at WrestleMania III and Beefcake cut Adonis’ hair. Beefcake also became a babyface and The Barber Shop became one of the few interview segments with a babyface host. Beefcake was never very good at cutting promos, as while he was a heel, he always had Johnny Valentine as a manager. As a babyface, Beefcake wasn’t much of a talker, but his show featured one of the most memorable moments in WWE history.

When Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty began having issues, they were allowed to air them out on The Barber Shop. Just as Beefcake thought that he had patched things up between the two members of The Rockers, Michaels super kicked Jannetty, sent him through a window of the set and emerged as one of the top heels in the company. The show wasn’t much, but that episode is as memorable as any episode of any other interview segment.

8 The Snake Pit

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Jake Roberts was given the opportunity to have a talk segment and it was justified because he was one of the best talkers in the history of the business. The Snake Pit was designed to ultimately replace Piper’s Pit, as Piper was scheduled to “retire” after WrestleMania III. Roberts was in line to become the top heel in the company, with Piper having turned just before his match with Adonis at WM3, but Roberts was also becoming quite popular.

Roberts had a memorable episode where he DDT’d Hulk Hogan in anticipation of a title match where he might have won the title, but because he was getting cheered louder than Hogan, the angle was squashed. Then Roberts was hit with a guitar on his show by The Honky Tonk Man, but the guitar was not gimmicked and Roberts suffered a neck injury which cost him the Intercontinental title, as the title change was squashed as well. Roberts became very popular and his talk show had a lot to do with that.

7 The Dirt Sheet

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The Dirt Sheet was a talk show hosted by the team of John Morrison and The Miz that began as a web show on the WWE website and eventually grew into an interview segment on WWE television on ECW broadcasts. The show was different from most of the other wrestler talk shows as The Dirt Sheet was not a vehicle for wrestlers to interview other wrestlers. On The Dirt Sheet, Miz and Morrison would insult and berate other wrestlers, their matches and other parts of WWE programming.

The show became a hit because of the charisma of the two wrestlers and once it was aired on television, it was used to further feuds between the team and their opponents. The show ended when the team began having problems and ultimately split and feuded with one another. The show was different from the others and it was the show’s uniqueness that made it special.

6 The Funeral Parlor

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After The Undertaker's contract was sold by Brother Love to Paul Bearer, Bearer became both the manager of The Undertaker, but also the host of his own interview segment entitled The Funeral Parlor. Bearer hosted guests that had nothing to do with his own storylines, but many episodes of the show were devoted to Bearer berating opponents of The Undertaker. One memorable episode featured The Ultimate Warrior being locked into a casket as he attempted to oppose The Undertaker.

Perhaps the most memorable element of The Funeral Parlor was Paul Bearer himself. Bearer’s high falsetto voice and his facial expressions were priceless and no matter who the guest was, the top feature of the show was the performance of Paul Bearer. William Moody, the man who played Bearer in WWE, was a classic who will never be forgotten as every young fan, at some point, attempted to impersonate that legendary voice.

5 The Brother Love Show

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Bruce Prichard, in his character of Brother Love, a red-faced, Southern preacher-type character, was the host of The Brother Love Show. This show was not created to elevate Brother Love, as Prichard was not a wrestler and was hired by WWE as an announcer. The Brother Love Show favored heels and berated babyfaces and was the setting for a number of memorable moments

On one episode of the show, Ted DiBiase was revealed to be the benefactor of Brother Love and the reason that the show even existed. DiBiase also unveiled his Million Dollar Championship Belt on an episode of the show. Also, after Rick Martel turned on Tito Santana and broke up the team of Strike Force, Martel unveiled his model character on the show, along with “Arrogance,” his cologne that he would spray into the faces of his opponents during matches.

Brother Love would later, thanks to Ted DiBiase, be revealed as the original manager of The Undertaker upon Taker’s arrival in WWE and this was thanks to the relationship between DiBiase and Love that was fostered on the show.

4 Miz TV

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Miz TV gives the Miz a unique bit of history as he is the only individual who has hosted two different interview segments, as he is included on this list for this show as well as for The Dirt Sheet, which he hosted with John Morrison. Miz TV plays upon The Miz’s current “Hollywood A-Lister” character, as Miz proclaims that the show is the most “must-see” segment on WWE television.

Miz TV was born during The Miz’s time in Ohio Valley Wrestling and his first actual episode on WWE television was not able to generate much buzz, so it would be almost six years before it would return to television. Once Miz was fully entrenched at the Hollywood A-Lister, the show seemed a natural extension. Today, the show airs as one of the longest-running talk show segments in the history of the company, as the show continues to this day.

3 The Highlight Reel

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Chris Jericho deserves a spot among the best talkers in the history of professional wrestlin, and his talk show segment, The Highlight Reel, is evidence that whether he's a heel or a babyface, Jericho can hold his own with the best in the business. The set of the Highlight Reel features the Jeritron 6000, a video screen that Jericho uses during his interviews.

The Highlight Reel debuted while Jericho was attempting to bait Goldberg into a match, based on the fact that Jericho felt under-utilized in WCW while Goldberg was pushed to the top, with the roles being reversed in WWE. Lately, the show has been used to further Jericho’s feud with Dean Ambrose.

Whether as a heel or as a babyface, Chris Jericho and The Highlight Reel have constantly been one of the most entertaining segments on WWE television and as long as Jericho chooses to, he has the ability to entertain the fans with his wit and with his gift of words.

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1 Piper’s Pit

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Piper’s Pit is the show against which all other wrestler talk shows will be measured until the end of time. The coconut to Snuka’s head, the Andre the Giant turn and challenge to Hulk Hogan where Andre ripped the chain off of Hogan’s neck, and the fire extinguisher attack to Morton Downey, Jr. all took place on editions of Piper’s Pit. The Pit was also where Piper coined the phrase “just when they think they have all the answers, I change the questions.” There were more legendary Piper’s Pits than any of the other shows combined.

The crown jewel of the show was the host, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Piper tops many lists of the best talkers in the history of professional wrestling and that skill was on display and at its best on Piper’s Pit. Piper’s skill made the show enjoyable and Piper’s ability to irritate others made the show memorable. There will never be another show like Piper’s Pit.

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